I've had multiple readings taken over the course of two years, first test was in 2010 where TSH was highest. I've had a constant battle with the GPs to get to the bottom of what is wrong with me. I'm tired, exhausted, low, cold hands, dizzy with the fogginess in my head! The list of symptoms goes on...
I've been prescribed a low dose of levothyroxine just this week - it has taken me a long time to convince a GP to give me a trial run on it (in my experience they just keep trying to palm you off with Prozac and hope you'll go away..)
One GP says no thyroid problem exists, another thinks I am borderline or sub-clinical - Dr Peatfield (the author of the wonderful book 'Your Thyroid and How To Keep It Healthy) cites any TSH reading above 2.5 as a cause for concern - in the UK this doesn't seem to be the case?
My questions are these - have any of you also experienced mixed messages? 'Normal' readings, 'borderline readings' - thoughts can be a powerful thing, I wouldn't want to have convinced myself that I am hypothyroid - but the symptoms alone and some of the dodgy TSH readings seem to point this way, FT4 also at the low end? My trial on the meds I hope will give me some answers.
To share with you, my readings and lab reference ranges in brackets...
TSH 7.28 (0.35 - 6.00 U )
TSH 5.37 (0.35 - 6.00 U )
TSH 5.3 (0.40 - 5.00 U) FT4 13.6 ( 10 - 23 )
TSH 4.47 (0.40 - 5.00 U) FT4 11.8 (10 - 23 )
TSH 4.68 (0.40 - 5.00 U) FT4 15.5 (10 - 23 ) FT3 5.2 (3.5 - 6.5)